Jul 24

How to prepare for English Camp

You’re Busy

There are a lot of things to be overwhelmed about in your first year of teaching in Korea, from co-teacher relationships, to asserting your authority, to contract disputes. While our work load is usually pretty light, there are a few times a year when being the only foreigner in your school means you are in charge of one too many things. One of those times comes around at the end of each semester, when preparing for the Summer or Winter English Camp. With Summer Camp just around the corner, and with about 8 camps under my belt, I thought I would share some tips and advice with you that will hopefully ease some of the stress you may have about doing your first camp!

You’re Nervous

I remember how nervous I was doing my first camp at a public school, especially when only one student showed up and I had to scrap my whole plan on the first day. Eventually more students came, but since it was my first year at a public school, I wasn’t used to the whole last-minute, casual, nothing-is-as-serious-as-they-make-it-sound feel that I’m so accustomed to now. And it’s true, you have to be really flexible in this job — never be too invested or attached to any plan that you’ve made. Go with the flow and have fun with it!

You have a Deadline

So if you have a deadline for your camp plan and materials and you feel overwhelmed and you’re not sure where to start, I hope this is helpful for you. I would have loved to see this when I planned my first camp! If you want to see my camp book, watch the video! And if you have any camp horror stories or success stories I’d love to hear them! If you’ve taught before, what was your first camp like? Leave a comment!

Here are some Tips!

Here’s a quick summary of my process in preparing for English camp.

  • Pick a fun theme! In the past I’ve done Dr. Seuss, Olympics (during the Olympics), and Superheroes.
  • Make a broad outline – No details, just activities and big picture ideas.
  • Make a materials list – You’ll probably need to turn in the outline and materials list to your co-teacher by a certain date, so check with him/her on this if you haven’t heard.
  • Focus on your strengths – If you are great at making worksheets, by all means go to town and start making your book! If you’re great at making powerpoints or games, do that. Either way, focus on that and supplement the other elements of your camp with the plethora of materials online.
  • Use the materials available to you – I usually use waygook.org, Pinterest for free printables, and education.com to source worksheets for my camp book.
  • Have FUN! Don’t be afraid to do things that just sound fun to you! Want to play outdoor games with water balloons and water guns for your summer camp? Do it! Want to teach them a fun dance like the Cha Cha Slide? Do it! Want to tye-dye shirts to wear on the last day of camp? Awesome! Be creative. If you’re having fun, they will too.

When you’ve finished your camp, come back and let us know how it went! Did you have fun? Did the students enjoy it?

Jul 22

Searching for the Rabbit Monk at 표충사

We went searching for the rabbit monk at 표충사 Pyochungsa and played in the river!

The Inspiration

One of our new hobbies is traveling to lesser-known temples by car! Before we had the car, we often went to obscure temples with Dale from Dale’s Korean Temple Adventures. He took us to some amazing temples that not many foreigners have been too, and we felt so lucky to be friends with him and live in the same neighborhood! Eventually, we wanted to adventure on our own, but every time we’d scope out a new temple on Dale’s site, it usually said it’s only accessible by car!

The Book

Now that we’re free from the shackles of public transportation and can drive on any dirt road we please, we have big plans for adventures around Korea. A lot of our plans surround seeing the many amazing temples in our corner of the country. We’ve mentioned getting interested in temples because of Dale in a previous video, and now we have exciting news to share! He has recently published a book called “Korean Temples: From Korea’s Southeast Corner” and it is available on Amazon in paperpack and for Kindle! We knew this was in the works for a while now and we’re so excited for him. We’re also excited to have a coffee table book full of temple information and high quality photos!

We had a chance to use the book on our recent day trip to Miryang, just 30 minutes north of Yangsan. My good friend Tatjana moved there recently and we wanted to see her new town and to check out one of the temples in her area! We decided on Pyochungsa 표충사, and having the book along on our trip was so helpful. Before I would print out the blog post from his website and take it along with me, but this time I marked the page and read it as I walked along the temple grounds. It reads like a walkthrough, is easy to understand and includes pictures and explanations of what some of the more difficult to understand terms mean.

Pyochungsa

The Temple

The drive up to the temple was gorgeous. Once we got off the highway, we followed a road alongside a river all the way up to the temple. Along the river were numerous pensions and camping sites, and they were all full of people cooking over grills, playing badminton, and floating on tubes in the river! We’re planning on going back to do the same very soon.

The temple itself was breathtaking, sitting among the impressive Yeongnam Alps and surrounded by the lush green that makes summer in Korea so beautiful. We were so lucky the weather was nice, considering it is the middle of monsoon season. We even had a chance to play in the river before exploring the temple!

Pyochungsa

The Rabbit Monk

My favorite parts of the book are the myths and legends of each temple — they’re always so fun and interesting! This temple in particular has a fun legend about a rabbit monk that Dale actually saw with his own eyes! If you want to see the rabbit monk, check out his blog post and pictures from Pyochungsa.

As I said, we will be doing more of these temple adventures and I hope it inspires you all to explore and learn more about temples and Korea’s Buddhist past!

Jul 16

Camping on DaDaePo Beach! 다대포 해수욕장!

We went beach camping at DaDaePo Beach! 다대포 해수욕장으로 캠핑 갔어요!

Jul 15

HOLY ONE MILLION VIEWS BATMAN!!

We have AWESOME news everyone! We have hit a milestone on our Youtube channel! If you can’t guess what it was from the title, then watch the video below!



WE HIT ONE MILLION VIEWS!

Thank you to our awesome viewers!!
We know that it doesn’t mean too much to other youtubers (I don’t see them making videos like this about a million views—it’s usually about getting a million SUBSCRIBERS), but we think it’s important to set realistic goals every year and achieve them.

Our Youtube goals for 2014

At the beginning of 2014 we set goals for our channel, and reaching 1 million views was one of them!
Also on the list:

  • Reaching 5,000 subscribers
  • Vlogging every day for 2 months of the year
  • More collabs with fellow youtubers
  • Pull the trigger on big project ideas

So far we’re making amazing progress on our yearly goals and we still have over 5 months left in 2014!

Our Most Viewed Videos

Since we’re celebrating a view count milestone, I’d like to highlight some of our most viewed videos here.

#1 Eating Live Octopus – 108,330 views
This is our most-viewed video! It’s not for those with weak hearts (or stomachs)!



#2 Clouds Timelapse – 70,599 views
Evan loves making timelapse videos. This one is from NM, and we didn’t expect it to get a lot of views at all!



#3 Street Food in Hongdae – 62,159 views
Also an old video, with our old first into! So cute! Street food + Hongdae is a golden combination, obviously.



It’s so much fun to look back at old videos and see how far we have come. We definitely couldn’t do this without you guys, so thank you again to our loyal viewers!! Here’s to another million views and many more adventures to come!

Jul 11

Frozen Friday: Korean Ice Cream Tasting! #2

This time we taste a famous Korean ice cream bar – the 돼지 바 Dwegi Bar! Is it good?! Why would they call it a pig bar? We have no idea!

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